This year, however, the two favorites for the race both ran in the Kentucky Derby but skipped the Preakness. Both colts posted easy and impressive victories earlier this week in tuneups at Belmont.
Sunny's Halo, the Derby winner, and Desert Wine, second in both the Derby and Preakness, are skipping the Belmont, but Deputed Testamony, the Preakness winner, is expected to ship in from Maryland for the race.
Current Hope finished third against older horses on the grass yesterday at Belmont.
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Au Point, who was considered a leading Belmont contender, probably dropped out of the running after finishing a poor fourth at odds against older horses yesterday in an allowance race.